LASIK Eye Surgery San Diego
Technical advances in optometry and surgery have helped many people correct their vision problems in recent years. A significant advancement has been LASIK eye surgery. The term LASIK is now commonly used and is an acronym for Laser-Assisted in-situ Keratomileusis. This procesdue is used to correct problems such as astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia – generally near and far-sightedness. A special laser called the Excimer laser is used to reshape the surface of the corneal bed in the eye, which is just beneath the cornea. This reshaping changes the shape of the lens, and corrects the person’s vision. It is able to etch tiny areas of the tissue without damaging other tissue in the area.
The LASIK method has been refined and developed to accommodate people with different requirements. The traditional and most common method - Photorefractive Keratectomy – (PRK) – is used for people with extreme near or far-sightedness. A procedure called Wavefront LASIK Surgery has been approved since 2002, and uses a computer to map out the patient’s retina so that a more accurate re-shaping of the cornea can occur. The method uses a wavefront sensor to instruct the Excimer laser to accurately vaporize small areas of the eye tissue.
Why LASIK Surgery?
In 2008, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery surveyed articles on over 2,200 LASIK patients from around the world and found that about 95% gave a high-satisfaction rating to the result of their surgeries.
Wavefront LASIK Advantages
Studies of people who have undergone Wavefront LASIK eye surgery indicate that the results are more reliable and that people are more satisfied with results from Wavefront LASIK surgery over traditional LASIK. The new method has eliminated or reduced some undesirable side effects such as blurry vision, glare, and halos, as well as near and far-sightedness. People who have had Wavefront LASIK report 20/20 vision, whereas only about 80% of people who have had traditional LASIK do.